Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number 4.  December 2020                                    Pp. 163-180

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 Needs and Obstacles of Using the Internet in Language Teaching from Instructors’
Perspective; the case of the department of English at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University


Nasser Mohamamd Freihat
English Department, College of Languages & Translation,
Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia




This study investigated the instructors’ perceived obstacles and needs in using the Internet for teaching English. Eighty-one instructors in the Department of English at Imam Mohammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) participated in the study. This study provides data related to the teachers’ perceptions concerning Internet use, areas and barriers in language teaching. The study aimed to answer two research questions. Namely, what are the perceived obstacles to implementing Internet-based English as a foreign language teaching (EFL) teaching from the viewpoint of English Department instructors at IMSIU?  And what are IMSIU English Department’s instructors’ perceived needs for training in using the Internet for language teaching? A survey and a semi-structured interview were used to collect the data. The survey involved three sections; the first section enquired about whether participants’ need training on using the Internet in language teaching, the second section investigated the areas of potential training, and the last section investigated participants’ barriers in incorporating the Internet in language instruction. The interviews involved three questions for further understanding. The findings showed that the perceived obstacles include cheating in online exams, lack of knowledge in using some applications, restricted time of some applications, and making online exams. The instructors demonstrated their eagerness to training. They also perceived presentation software, creating online exams, creating teaching materials, Videoconferencing, and teaching techniques, online classroom management, managing data sources, online assessment and evaluation, and basic knowledge of using technology as very necessary. The paper recommends designing a training course that considers the obstacles and needs suggested by the EFL instructors.
Keywords: EFL teaching, Internet language teaching, language needs analysis, language training needs and obstacles, instructors at Imam Mohammad ibn Saud Islamic University

Cite as: Freihat, N. M. (2020). Needs and Obstacles of Using the Internet in Language Teaching from Instructors’ Perspective; the case of the department of English at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.  Arab World English Journal11 (4) 163-180.


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Dr. Nasser Freihat is an assistant professor of English language at Imam Mohamad ibn Saud
Islamic University, Saudi Arabia. His research interests include cognitive reading strategies,
second language practices and CALL.